Articles by Jason Bramwell

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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: No Apology From John Koskinen Over Lost IRS Emails

The menu for June 20 features specials on ParenteBeard and Baker Tilly talk merger, US Supreme Court rules in favor of IRS on summons issue, CAQ releases auditor reporting field-testing findings, and more.
Practice

Why Extending R&D Credit Should Matter to Small Businesses

Despite the credit’s current uncertainty in Congress, experts say that small business owners should pay attention to lawmakers’ discussions because of the provisions the tax break could provide their companies once a compromise is reached.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A Bipartisan Pitch for a Gas Tax Hike

The menu for June 19 features specials on BDO USA names new CFO, lost Lois Lerner emails likely gone for good, House Ways and Means aide subpoenaed in trading probe, Medtronic investors will take big tax hit, and more.
Tax

IRS Chief Highlights Changes to Offshore Disclosure Initiative

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen outlined a number of changes to the agency's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program on Wednesday, which he believes will lead to a surge in US taxpayers coming forward to report on undisclosed foreign accounts.
Tax

House Panel Approves Lasting Moratorium on Internet Access Taxes

By a 30-to-4 vote, the House Judiciary Committee backed a bill on Wednesday that would make permanent a moratorium that bans state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Medtronic Deal Spurs More Tax Reform Talk

The menu for June 18 features specials on lost IRS emails could hurt GOP’s inquiry, SEC puts more emphasis on combating financial reporting and audit fraud, Madoff’s ex-accountant likely to plead guilty, and more.
Tax

Camp and Boustany: IRS Lost More Emails Than Just Lerner’s

The two House Republican leaders alleged on Tuesday that the IRS cannot produce emails from six other agency employees connected to the Tea Party scandal due to computer malfunctions.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Issa and Koskinen to Square Off Next Week Over Lost Emails

The menu for June 17 features specials on 13 companies that paid no taxes in Q1 of 2014, states offering businesses an abundance of tax credits, ex-Medtronic CEO defending former employer’s tax inversion deal, and more.
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Download GASB’s New Proposals for Retiree Benefit Plans

Three exposure drafts the GASB approved in May – two regarding other postemployment benefits and one on requirements for pension plans that fall outside of the board's pension rules – can now be accessed free of charge.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Medtronic Riding ‘Tax Inversion’ Wave

The menu for June 16 features specials on lawmakers exasperated by lost Lois Lerner emails, the true cost of tax havens, Scott London said past year “worse than I could have ever imagined,” and more.
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Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Drop in Income Taxes Catches Many States by Surprise

The menu for June 13 features specials on House passing more business tax breaks, Eric Cantor defeat may stall offshore tax holiday proposal, protests over Walgreens’ possible reincorporation in Switzerland, and more.
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FASB Tweaks Rule on Repo Agreements

New guidance issued by the standard-setting board on Thursday changes the accounting for repurchase-to-maturity transactions and repurchase financings, and adds two new disclosure requirements.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: ‘Repatriation Rainbow’ Won’t Yield Pot of Gold for Highway Fund

The menu for June 12 features specials on no evidence found that Phil Mickelson traded Clorox shares, EY and Grant Thornton get reprimanded by PCAOB, FBI returns database with taxpayer info, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Veto Threat Looms Over Section 179 Vote

The menu for June 11 features specials on European Union investigates tax breaks for multinationals, Wall Street loses an ally in Eric Cantor, IRS issues ruling on hedge fund fees, and more.
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FASB Launches New Initiative to Reduce GAAP Complexity

The new effort involves the FASB adding narrow-scope projects to its agenda that were identified by stakeholders as areas where US accounting rules could be simplified in a relatively short period of time.
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FASB Simplifies Rule on Development Stage Entities

New guidance issued on Tuesday reduces the overall cost and complexity associated with financial reporting for development stage entities, without lessening the availability of relevant information.
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PCAOB Backs New Auditing Standard on Related Parties

The new guidance adopted on Tuesday focuses on related-party transactions, significant unusual transactions, and a company’s financial relationships and transactions with its executive officers – key factors in many financial reporting frauds.
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Bramwell's Lunch Beat: IFRS in the US? Maybe. Maybe Not

The menu for June 10 features specials on House GOP alleges IRS data dump was illegal, Senate lawmakers squabble over use of repatriated tax holiday, ex-BDO vice chairmen get jail time over tax scheme, and more.
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Companies Shelling Out More Money to Finance Executives

Salaries for finance leaders in private and public companies in 2014 have increased 3.3 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively, according to a new survey released by Grant Thornton and the Financial Executives Research Foundation.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Meet Mike McGuire, Grant Thornton’s Next CEO

The menu for June 9 features specials on accountants and artwork, Israeli bank to pay US $289 million in tax-evasion deal, Illinois Tool and IRS to battle in US Tax Court, and more.

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